Japan tennis star Kei Nishikori is hoping to take advantage of his medal chances at the Rio Olympics after the withdrawal from the event by a number of top players.
In an interview carried on The Japan News site, the 26-year-old Nishikori said that after arriving in Rio on Wednesday he was getting into the mood for the Olympics and wanted to win a medal.
“I’m gradually getting into the Olympic mood,” said Nishikori. “I have a chance this time, so I want to win a medal. I’m aiming for the gold.”
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With the likes of world number three Roger Federer and No.4 Stan Wawrinka among five of the top ten players not taking part in the games, the 6th ranked Nishikori will be fighting for a medal with the likes of world No.1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia and No.2 Andy Murray of Great Britain among others.
“Many top players have pulled out, so there is an aspect of missing them,” Nishikori said. “But I want to make the most of this chance.”
Nishikori is likely to be in action on Saturday but his opponent is yet to be determined.